March 16, 2010United Kingdom
The provisional Irish Republican Army, or IRA, is an outgrowth of an older group known as the Irish Republican Army, which fought an insurgency that successfully challenged British rule in the whole …
November 5, 2008Iraq
A profile of a militant Islamist Kurdish separatist movement seeking to transform Iraq into an Islamic state.
March 22, 2007United States
The U.S. government has boosted spending on international broadcasting since 9/11, expanding its reach to the Internet and satellite TV. But critics say these outlets have lost their focus.
May 25, 2006Iraq
Iraq’s first permanent government faces a host of challenges in the months ahead, from fighting corruption to supplying water and electricity to amending Iraq’s constitution.
October 27, 2010Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan hasn’t been a major campaign issue even as public support for it has waned. This Backgrounder examines political backing for the war.